We have tried canopy type gazebos on our deck (3). We have tried a hard top gazebo (1) and each and everyone has ripped or blown to pieces. Is there any help for us, to keep the sun off the west side of our house, sit outdoors and enjoy the weather without throwing 1000's of dollars to the wind?
If a permanent roof isn't in the budget for you, I'd go with a shade that retracts when not in use. Some of the more expensive models automatically retract if the wind reaches a certain threshold. I see one of the companies even offers screening as part of the retractable shade giving you a screened porch on the cheap.
Another option would be a sun sail shade, these will take more of a beating than a cloth gazebo from the home center.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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